lexington children’s museum creates a fun and inclusive learning experience that ignites a community of curious minds.

Our Vision is to inspire future generations through educational play.

The Lexington Children’s Museum focuses on being a warm, friendly place where families come to learn and play together. We are also dedicated to being a partner and resource for teachers. 


Lexington Children’s Museum was founded in 1990 through a public-private partnership with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. In 1987, a group of inspired citizens presented the idea of a children’s museum to Lexington mayor Scotty Baesler and future Mayor Pam Miller. City leaders saw the need to bring education to children through a creative, interactive model. With the assistance of Lord Cultural Resources, a consulting firm in Toronto, the city began serious planning for the Lexington Children’s Museum. The site selection committee considered several sites and chose the current location in The Square. Since its opening it has welcomed millions of visitors.

Following an almost two-decade period during which we operated under the name Explorium of Lexington, we are now returning to our initial identity by reintroducing ourselves as the Lexington Children’s Museum.

Lexington Children’s Museum Inspires future generations through educational play with museum attendance averaging over 50,000 visitors annually, and an additional 10,000 impacted through outreach activities in the community.

meet our staff

J. Colby Ernest, J.D.

Executive Director

Abby Thompson

Experiences Manager

Mary Franey

Play & Learning Director

meet our board

Shelby Fink


Partner, Triple Crown Advisors

Olivia Davis

Vice President

Lecturer, Gatton College of Business and Economics University of Kentucky

Carrie Rogers


Strategic Partnership Manager, Fayette County Public Schools

Douglas Reed


Assistant Vice President, East Region Baptist Health Medical Group

Whitney Baxter

Realtor, The Brokerage
9th District Representative, LFUCG Council

Chris Henry

Commercial Loan Officer, Field & Main Bank

Mike Hilton

President, SparkBase Consulting

Josh McCurn

Director, Business Development and Communications, Haymaker Commercial Real Estate

Hunter Porter

Senior Associate, BC Woods Properties/True Line Real Estate

Stephanie Spires

CEO, Spires Strategies
Executive Director, Arbor Youth Services

Kim Skidmore

Environ Anesthesia

Mary Beth Griffith

Community Volunteer

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